Police took a man into custody Sunday after he used a screwdriver to hold an employee hostage inside a Koreatown gas station, officials said.
The incident began about 4:15 p.m. when the suspect tried to walk into a secured area of the Conserv gas station, 3625 Beverly Blvd., but was confronted by an employee, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.
The suspect became agitated, grabbed the employee and threatened the worker with a screwdriver, she said. Police summoned crisis negotiators to the scene.
The standoff continued late Sunday afternoon, but the hostage was ultimately freed, according to police radio traffic from the scene. A short time later, the suspect was taken into custody and brought to a hospital for evaluation prior to booking.
No further details were available.